Elian managing director takes to the boxing ring in aid of bowel disease charityFebruary 19, 2016
The managing director of Elian in Guernsey is taking to the boxing ring to raise money for the island’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group.
Tom Amy is training for a White Collar Boxing event in April, when he will take on another likeminded contender from the Guernsey finance industry.
Mr Amy is well on the way to to raising around £4,000 to help sufferers, after seeing first hand the effect it can have on people’s lives.
‘Crohn’s and Colitis has affected two members of my 20-strong team in the last two years, with one member of staff facing a series of major operations and treatment complexities. This has really opened the eyes of Elian to this condition and the impact that it has,’ he said.
‘Both ladies have faced life-changing challenges – their lives have literally been turned upside down. Quite frankly their strength has been inspirational.’
IBDSG is a relatively young charity with ambitions to raise £100,000 in order to provide a permanent nurse on-island to support current and future sufferers of this disease. Rachel Skinner, the charity’s treasurer, said: ‘We are extremely grateful that Elian has chosen IBDSG as its charity of 2016. We really do want to make a big difference for the care provided for local sufferers. Whilst the gastro specialist does an outstanding job, due to the limited resources of HSSD, he is extremely limited on time therefore the introduction of a nurse will add to the more ‘human’ side of care together with hopefully allowing the specialist to introduce some additional levels of treatment.
‘As I am sure staff at Elian have found, Crohn’s and Colitis are only conditions that you stop and think about when you are close to somebody affected by them. We have also found a lot of sufferers with whom we have come into contact are still very reticent to speak about their condition due to the embarrassment associated with a lot of the symptoms. Our coffee mornings, every third Saturday at Moores hotel, are a popular forum for local sufferers to overcome this and seek support.’
Mr Amy, who in 2012 relocated to Guernsey from his birthplace Jersey, started training for the event five weeks ago. With his boxing pseudonym “Mr Bean” printed on his shorts, he expects some healthy inter-Island rivalry.
The event takes place at St Pierre Park Hotel on 16 April. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Tom-WCB